Karen Lueders, 57, of 2833 Windepoint Court, severed half of Willard Lueders?
tongue during a ?manic episode? about 11 p.m. Monday, authorities said. She
now faces a rarely used felony ? related to intentional disfigurement or
mutilation ? that carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.
Karen Lueders made an initial appearance Thursday before Judge L. Edward
Stengel, but that was adjourned when Stengel ordered that she undergo a
mental health evaluation.
?There is certainly a basis for the court to question her ability to
understand the nature of these proceedings and assist in her defense,?
Assistant District Attorney Jim Haasch had requested the evaluation, calling
her behavior ?very bizarre to say the least.? He said Karen Lueders had
Experienced ?very manic episodes? of late.
Karen Lueders did not speak during the court appearance, but she leaned over
to a reporter as she was escorted out in handcuffs, saying, ?I love you,
it?s too bad you don?t listen.? While leaving the courtroom she continued in
the same singsong voice, saying, ?I love you. Karen Lueders.?